57.6 We’ve been reviewing and rating sewing machines for over 11 years and up until now we’ve only had two machines rated in the 50’s (out of 100). The Singer 6699 Starlet now makes it three. With a score of 57.6 out of 100 the Starlet is the second lowest rated sewing machine on our site (second only to the dismal Singer QuickFix). Reasons that owners cite for their dislike of the Starlet include frequent jamming, constant problems with the bobbin, breaking needles, controls that aren’t that easy to use, and lighting that is a bit on the dim side.
|Source||Consumer Rating||# Ratings|
|Amazon.com||2.3 stars out of 5||9|
|Amazon.ca||4 stars out of 5||1|
|Walmart.com||2.8 stars out of 5||6|
|Walmart.ca||3.7 stars out of 5||3|
|Costco UK||5 stars out of 5||1|
Singer is perhaps not what it used to be but they still have some good sewing machines. The top rated Singer sewing machines on our site include:
|Model||Avg Consumer Rating|
|Singer Stylist 7258||93.1|
|Singer One Plus||93.0|
|Singer Fashion Mate 7256||91.2|
|Singer Heavy Duty 4452||88.6|
|Model||Avg Consumer Rating|
|Singer 6199 Brilliance||63.0|
|Singer 3116 Simple||70.1|
|Singer 5400 Sew Mate||72.4|
A thorough analysis of owner comments and reviews has provided the following 6699 Starlet likes and dislikes:
- Has an automatic needle threader
- Not too heavy
- Has features for sewing buttonholes
- Thread bunches up a lot
- Jams can sometimes break needles
- Not as easy to use as expected
- Constant bobbin problems
- Can be tricky to thread
- Sewing light is dim
Most owners are not particularly pleased with their purchase and we’ve seen quite a few negative comments such as the following:
"sorry I wasted my money"
"worst sewing machine"
"I'm very frustrated"
"isn't very user friendly"
"waste of money"
- 100 built-in stitches (76 decorative, 9 basic, 8 stretch, 7 buttonholes)
- Push button stitch selection
- LCD screen showing selected stitch
- Automatic needle threader
- LED light
- 6 fully automatic 1 step buttonholes
- 1 endless buttonhole (no size limitation)
- Automatic/adjustable stitch length and width
- Maximum 6.5mm stitch width
- Automatic presser foot pressure
- Snap on presser feet
- Extra high presser foot lifter
- 13 needle positions
- Automatic reverse button
- Maximum sewing speed = 750 stitches per minute
- Free arm
- Automatic tension
- Automatic bobbin winding clutch
- Front loading bobbin
Following is a stitch chart showing the unit’s 100 stitches
The Starlet comes with no less than 8 presser feet:
- All-Purpose Foot
- Blind Hem Foot
- Invisible Zipper Foot
- Button Sewing Foot
- Zipper Foot
- Buttonhole Foot
- Overcasting Foot
- Roller Foot
The Starlet is not too heavy, at only 14.6 lbs. This is lighter than most sewing machines but is still not what we would consider “lightweight”. There are many more portable units many of which are under 12 lbs (see our list of best portable sewing machines).
- 2-year limited warranty on electronic components, wiring, switches, speed controls, light assembly, and motor
- 90 day limited warranty on rings, belts, bulbs, attachments and adjustments
The manual is written in English, French and Spanish. The format is a little annoying as it doesn’t provide all English instructions in one section of the manual, with French and Spanish instructions also residing in their own sections of the manual. Rather, each English paragraph or piece of information is then followed by the same info in French and then in Spanish. This makes browsing difficult. But we’ve seen this kind of format with product manuals before.